It’s a Boy! And You Can Name Prague’s Newest Gorilla

The sex of Prague Zoo’s latest resident has been confirmed via DNA test, and you can help give him a name

Dave Park

Written by Dave Park Published on 06.06.2016 11:30:00 (updated on 06.06.2016) Reading time: 1 minute

On April 23, Prague Zoo received a surprise birth when lowland gorillas Shindy and Richard welcomed a newborn infant into their midst.

Because Zoo staff did not want to interfere with the baby and his protective mother, the sex of the month-old gorilla had yet to be determined, though zoo director Miroslav Bobek hinted that it was “probably” a male.

Yesterday, the Zoo made it official via Facebook: after DNA tests that examined the newborn’s feces, it was determined that he was in fact a boy.

And from today through June 15, you can submit proposals to give him a name through this website.

One proposal will be selected as the infant boy’s name, and a winner will receive a family pass to the zoo, a guided tour of the primates, and an adventure tour that includes making paper from elephant dung. 

On Sunday, June 19, at 13:00, the Zoo will hold a Christening ceremony to bestow the new name upon the youngster. They’ll also honor his mother’s 25th birthday: Shindy was born on June 14, 1991.

Here’s the mother with her infant shortly after the birth:

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